Hospitals in Sudan are being targeted in violent military raids.
“When a government targets the medical workers, when a government targets hospitals, they’re not just targeting the medical community, they are targeting the entire society,” Physicians For Human Rights (PHR) Interim Advocacy Director Maryam al-Khawaja explained.
More than 100 people were killed and hundreds more were injured in a crackdown by Sudan’s paramilitary Rapid Support Forces (RSF) on protesters in early June. PHR has been tracking violence against Sudanese protesters and doctors.
“A lot of it was focused and targeted towards the medical community,” al-Khawaja stated.
Doctors and hospitals have been targeted in Sudan since December when a growing protest movement called for the ousting of former autocratic President Omar al-Bashir, who has been wanted by the ICC for war crimes and genocide since 2009.
Between December and January dozens of doctors were reported arrested, several were shot and one was killed.
“They are cutting people off from their right, their fundamental right to seek treatment, to be able to go to a hospital where it should be safe, which should be a sanctuary,” al-Khawaja said.
PHR has called on U.S. officials to put pressure on the Sudan’s Transitional Military Council to end the violence against health care workers and protesters.